Affordable Microsoft Exchange Hosting
Microsoft Exchange is a service for use with hosted Microsoft email accounts. Exchange promises a number of benefits compared to traditional email accounts. In fact, there are so many features included in the platform that it can seem overwhelming at first. Exchange utilizes a constantly active and regularly updating program that searches out and filters Malware and spam in order to make for a more secure experience for its user base.
It also features a very useful 50 megabyte upload limit for mailing content. Not that you’ll likely be emailing 50 megabytes worth of content, but it’s nice to know that you’re never going to need to find another way around getting that essential file to your client.
Exchange has a number of features that would be tedious for individual private sector users, but which could be considered essential in certain business models. For instance, Exchange’s settings are programmable in such a way that it becomes much more difficult to accidentally send certain kinds of data in certain. This allows, for instance, for a business to make it difficult for its users to accidentally send sensitive information to the wrong recipient.
These settings can also be used to set pre-programmed messages that self-activate when certain triggers are met. For instance, Exchange can be used to set a compliance policy message when someone attempts to send information out, or when someone seems to be using their Exchange email for private matters. The mailbox’s aesthetic elements are also fairly customizable.
Microsoft offers two ways to migrate from your current email hosting service to Microsoft Exchange. The first method is through an automated tool which is intended to make the process simple and user friendly while still maintaining the user’s control over their email servers. The second method involves allowing Microsoft to take the rains and manage the migration process internally.
Exchange also promises to provide another layer of data security. All data is encrypted with SSL encryption for basic security. Needless to say Exchange is fully cloud compatible, but on top of this, Microsoft has dedicated data centers in several US locations to backing up Exchange data. Most users will never actually need to rely upon these backups, but anyone who has had any involvement with a natural disaster or virus will probably see the value of having an extra backup source at a distance.
Microsoft also promises that they have a dedicated security team watching the backups around the clock, in case server security is the sort of thing that you worry about. All information is backed up and recoverable up to a certain time period. Backups from Outlook last for fourteen days, whereas a deleted mailbox will last for up to 30.
Microsoft also promises reliability in terms of site uptime. While most people expect that from a professional business to business email service, it is nice that Microsoft Exchange’s 99.9% uptime guarantee is actually financially-backed in the service agreement. In addition to the uptime guarantee, Microsoft has staffed a customer service team for 24/7 response so that you will always be able to get support if any issues were to occur with the service. While it should go without saying since this is a professional level service, all data hosted on Microsoft Exchange is private and there is no advertising to users.
Exchange is a fairly hefty platform, and there are more aspects of it than can realistically be read about in a short sitting. Besides, a number of programs and features with Exchange will only be used by a fractional minority of the overall user base. For instance, Microsoft designed the platform to synchronize with the blackberry things like calendar keeping. There also exists a hybrid version of exchange with elements of Rackspace Email for those unable or unwilling to give that up.
Microsoft Exchange is $4 per user, per month directly through Microsoft for the basic Exchange plan, with a premium plan that costs twice that. However, it can also be picked up for free as part of Office 365. In addition, there are a number of independent third party web hosting providers who offer Microsoft Exchange hosting. The premium version includes in-place hold, unlimited archive storage (plus 50 gigs of storage in the user’s primary mailbox), hosted voicemail, and a number of additional data loss prevention measures.